2/17: Wednesday Briefing

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  • The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is hosting a live webinar tomorrow, February 18 from 5 to 6pm discussing the phasing and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in our state.
    • It will also feature live Spanish and ASL interpretation
    • You can register online and submit vaccine questions in advance by following links at coronavirus.wa.gov in the news section, and at doh.wa.gov.
    • For those unable to attend, a link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to anyone who registers.


  • Washingtonians can find out if they are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines online at FindYourPhaseWA.org.
  • For general info on the vaccine, go to COVIDvaccineWA.org
  • Eligible King County residents can seek appointment online at kingcounty.gov/vaccine or call 206-263-9600
  • The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has last night announced a vaccine event for eligible individuals.
    • Online registration opened at 9am this morning and slots quickly filled.
    • Pierce County residents can sign up for email notifications in advance of future COVID-19 community vaccine events by going to tpchd.org/notify.
    • Anyone wishing to volunteer in vaccination events can learn more at PierceCountyMRC.org
  • Individuals can also go to COVIDvaccineWA.org and find providers, clinics, and pharmacies that may be offering vaccine appointments.


  • The Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept reported 163 new COVID cases and 5 new deaths today.
  • The county’s 14-day case rate per 100,000 is 218.


  • The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is offering Virtual Play sessions


  • There are numerous free COVID-19 testing sites in our region, including at Multicare, Franciscan, and Kaiser facilities; at Community Healthcare and SeaMar Community Health Centers; at Cheney Stadium, at the Lakewood State Emissions Testing Center, and more.
    • You can go to coronavirus.wa.gov and follow links for “Find Covid Testing Near Me” for specific locations.
    • In addition to permanent regular testing locations, The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept offers free mobile testing events. The remaining ones this week include:
    • On Thursday, Feb 19: Church For All Nations at 111 112th St. E.
    • Fri, Feb 20: the health dept will be back at Anchor Church on Orchard St. and also at Charles Wright Academy
    • And on Saturday, Feb 21st: you can get free covid tests in Tacoma at the MDC Child Care Food Program on 945 Fawcett Ave.; in Eatonville at Salvation Army Camp Arnold; or in Bonney Lake at Bonney Lake High School
    • Testing runs 10am-3pm.
    • If you need later hours, the Lakewood State Emissions Inspection Station is open till 5:30pm
  • Some Walgreens pharmacies also now offer free drive-up rapid antigen testing for people Ages 3 and up, including the Walgreens at 38th & Pacific in Tacoma


  • KTQA invites members of our community to share your memories of Kris Brannon, also known as “Sonics Guy,” died this past weekend and whose loss we mourn.
  • If you ever saw Kris and he made you smile, and you’d like to share with the KTQA community, you can call 253-330-8821 and leave a voicemail with your name, where you’re from, and what you remember dearly about this Tacoma icon.
  • Your message in whole or in part may be included in a tribute program that may air on broadcast radio, stream online, or be a part of a podcast.
  • You can also record a file on your own and send it our way to info@ktqa.org.